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Table 2 Response to attributes of measuring medication self management

From: Level of medication self-management capacity among patients on ambulatory care exiting hospital pharmacy at Muhimbili National Hospital, Tanzania: a descriptive cross-sectional study

Patient’s responses on medication self management questions or activities (N = 387)
Item question or activityProportion of response (%)
1. Can you read the prescription of your medications and match the drug? (Able if read correctly for every drug on the Rx)
 Able34.7
 Unable65.3
2. Show how to open the container of your medications
 Able100
 Unable0
3. Show the number of tablets/capsule or amount of suspension/solution/syrup which you are suppose to take as prescribed (Correct if every drug number or amount is correct for all drugs on Rx)
 Correct42.6
 Incorrect57.4
4. How many hours are supposed to elapse before you take another dose and how long will you take each drug? (Overall correct if the frequency and duration of every drug on the Rx is correctly explained)?
 Correct26.1
 Incorrect73.9
5. Are you aware of potential side effects as result of using medications?
 Aware54
 Unaware46
6. What is a possible potential side effect/warning/precaution due to your medication?a (aware only if explained correctly for all drugs with possible side effects/warning/precaution) n = 155
 Aware10.6
 Unaware89.4
7. What is your key source of medication information?
 Medical personnel40
 Internet53
 Others (bulletin, brochures, banners, etc.)7
8. Are you aware of drug interaction?
 Aware76
 Unaware24
9. Can you tell the possible dangerous interaction with regards to your medications?b.(able if explained possible interaction by indicating the drugs on the Rx) n = 60
 Able7
 Unable93
  1. a The total number of prescription with potential side effects/warning/contraindication/precaution was 155 hence denominator for the proportions of response to item
  2. b The total number of prescription with possible potential interaction was 60 hence the denominator for proportions of response to the item